Early June just bursts with bloom around here, in my Ohio garden. That is when the scent of the luscious peonies, with early roses such as the Thérèse Bugnet Rose, fill the air and their opulent blossoms are at their best.

While I have come to love the fully double varieties, my early favorites were always the single petaled ones. They seem to float so lightly above the mound of healthy deep green foliage. The good looking foliage is another of the peony’s assets. In fact, some people include peonies in their garden plans to simply have that rich bush of green foliage all season long. No fading away like the Oriental poppies, which also have their flowering time in early June.

I have some pictures of my peonies, and I thought I would collate them here, so the impact of what they can do in your garden might be fully appreciated.

To learn more about peonies and how I grow them in my garden, see Peonies In My Garden

Late summer, early fall, September is a good time to plant new peonies or move them.

Peonies are one of the best, most long lived perennials for your garden. They are herbaceous, meaning they die down in winter season, but they give a complete three seasons of good garden behavior and appearance, and the springtime aroma of a peony freely sends wafts of sweetness through the air. they have long been a favorite cut flower for vases.

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Full sun is best. Keep plants no less than a 3-4′ diameter spacing. Amend the soil well with long lasting fertilizer like bone meal, compost, and blood meal. Plant the roots shallowly with the growing points (eyes) no more than about 2-3 inches deep and facing up; spread out the roots. Keep the mulch from covering your peonies. They need cold temperatures for dormancy and bloom.

Peonies in Mrs. Cummin’s garden planted about 1915